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MAC Basketball Season Preview: Eastern Michigan Eagles

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An extensive if not comprehensive look at all 12 Mid-American Conference college basketball teams. The opening game is November 10, so we better get started.

Last year: 17-15 (8-8), T-2nd MAC West; lost to Akron in MAC tournament quarterfinal; no postseason tournament

This year: Picked 3rd in MAC West (2 of 24 first place votes)

Coach: Charles Ramsey, native Ypsilantian, entering his sixth season. His record: 42-71.

First Game: Friday, November 12 at Michigan State

Can an eagle dribble a basketball? Probably not. But it could grip it by the husk.


Eastern Michigan Eagles Basketball Roster

# Pos. DOB W H College
Matt Balkema 45 C - 285 6-10 sophomore
Brandon Bowdry 33 F - 230 6-6 senior
Adrian Burton 10 G - 170 5-8 sophomore
William Cooper 15 G - 180 6-6 senior
Quintin Dailey 21 G - 175 6-3 junior
Jake Fosdick 5 G - 170 6-2 sophomore
L.J. Frazier 12 G - 160 5-10 junior
Antonio Green 13 G - 190 6-3 junior
Jamell Harris 32 F - 215 6-9 sophomore
Jay Higgins 1 F - 195 6-6 senior
Kamil Janton 51 C - 230 6-10 junior
Darrell Lampley 34 G - 170 5-10 junior
J.R. Sims 2 G - 180 6-3 sophomore
Kenny Stewart 22 F - 205 6-8 sophomore
Derek Thompson 30 G - 180 6-3 sophomore


Departures

Carlos Medlock (graduated)
Justin Dobbins (graduated)

Transfers (sitting out this year)

Derek Thompson (Southeast Missouri)

Returning Award-Winners

Brandon Bowdry (All-MAC Second Team)

Big Nonconference Games

11/12 @ Michigan State
12/8 vs. Drake

A Paragraph of Thought on Eastern Michigan Basketball

Last year they were a very scrappy three-headed monster with Medlock/Bowdry/Dobbins acting as the three leaders, but only Bowdry remains. Who's going to replace all those three-pointers, and who will guard the big men? They probably underwhelmed coach Ramsey last year with a .500 MAC record, and I don't know if they can be much better than that, but they look like a team that has a tournament run in them. Of course, I said that last year. Nevertheless, it's going to be Bowdry and friends who just might surprise everybody in the West.